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New Jersey blown away

Hoboken (New Jersey), Nov. 1: New Jersey was reeling yesterday from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused catastrophic flooding here in Hoboken and in other New York City suburbs, destroyed entire neighbourhoods across the state.

Though the storm raged up the East Coast, it has become increasingly apparent that New Jersey took the brunt of it. Officials estimated that the state suffered many billions of dollars in property damage. About a quarter of the state’s population — more than two million people — remained without power yesterday, and more than 6,000 were still in shelters, state emergency officials said.

At least eight people died, and officials expressed deep concerns that the toll would rise as more searches of homes were carried out.

Yesterday, President Obama visited the state and viewed the destruction with governor Chris Christie.

“The entire country has been watching what’s been happening,” Obama said at a stop in Atlantic county at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine. “Everybody knows how hard Jersey has been hit.” Perhaps as startling as the sheer toll was the devastation to some of the state’s well-known locales.

Boardwalks along the beach in Seaside Heights, Belmar and other towns on the Jersey Shore were blown away. Amusement parks, arcades and restaurants all but vanished. Bridges to barrier islands buckled, preventing residents from even inspecting the damage to their property. Two days after Hurricane Sandy struck, such distress was not limited to New Jersey.

Others parts of the Northeast, including Long Island, also suffered significant losses. Over all, the death toll from the storm passed 60, officials said yesterday, and about six million people did not have power.

 
 
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